Dental Bridges Loveland Co

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in smiling, chewing and speaking. There are options to help restore your smile. In addition to implants or a removable partial denture (RPD), a bridge may be an available option that should be discussed with your dentist.

Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks natural, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is attached onto surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable partial denture, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.

Dental Bridge advantages

  • Strong, long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth
  • Once the bridge is prepared it is fixed to adjacent teeth
  • May keep surrounding teeth from moving or drifting
  • May require less time to complete than an implant

Dental Bridge disadvantages

  • Unlike with an implant, enamel on teeth surrounding a missing space must be altered during preparation for a bridge
  • For some people, a bridge may be difficult to keep clean
  • Bridges must rely on adjacent teeth for support
  • Unlike an implant, a bridge may not preserve underlying bone